Author: Adam Wesoloski
Originally Published: June 21, 2006

Again special thanks to Jim Barg for the materials and Guy Savoie for the text conversion.

Athletic Journal — 1939

This year in the annual study of football offense in the colleges in this article and in the secondary schools in the article that follows, touchdown plays are presented. Since the purpose of the article is merely to keep the readers of this publication informed on the trend of offense, it has not been considered advisable to designate the institutions using the plays diagrammed in this issue. However, as has been the case in previous years, we shall be glad to pass on to the schools any communications regarding the plays described in these articles.

The Middle West

Diagram 10 shows a bootlegger play used by a Mid-west team. Back 4 receives the ball from center, fakes to the fullback 3 and then drives between the defensive left tackle and end. Nine and 2 block the defensive left end out; 1 blocks the defensive left tackle in. The right end 11 blocks the strong-side line-backer and the lineman 7 leads the play outside tackle.

Diagram 11 shows a fake fullback plunge ending up with a lateral pass. The fullback 3 receives the ball from center, plunges forward and gives it to 2 who swings wide around the defensive left end. When the defensive left halfback comes up, he laterals out to the 4 back who has swung wide.

Diagram 12 shows a pass used very successfully by a Big Ten University. The fullback 3 receives the ball from center and drives to the weak side, giving the ball to 2 who comes back and forward-passes to the fullback who originally had the ball. The tail-back 4 blocks the defensive right end; 6 blocks the defensive right tackle; 1 blocks the defensive left tackle and 9 blocks the defensive left end.

Diagram 13 shows a bootlegger around the defensive left end. The tail-back 4 receives the ball from center, fakes to 3 and then runs wide around the defensive left end. The right end 11 blocks the defensive left tackle in and 1 blocks the defensive left end.

Diagram 14 shows an off-tackle with a lateral pass. The ball is snapped back to the fullback who spins and gives it to the tail-back 4. The fullback continues his spin and blocks the defensive right tackle and end. The 4 back carries the ball between the defensive left tackle and left end. Back 2 fakes at the end and runs wide. The defensive left end is blocked out by the lineman 9.

Diagram 15 shows a deep reverse play used by a University in the Big Six. The ball goes to the fullback 3 who gives it to the wing-back 1 who swings deep and wide around the defensive left end. The tailback 4 blocks the defensive left end in; 2 takes one step to his left and then swings to his right and is personal interferer for the ball-carrier.

Diagram 16 shows a man in motion play used successfully in the Big Six. In this particular play, 2 starts in motion to the right and then heads to the flat and down the field. The fullback 3 takes the ball from center, drives toward the defensive tackle, going in front of the offensive left guard 7 and behind the offensive right guard 9. When the fullback gets close to the line, he laterals the ball back to 4 who throws a forward pass.

Diagram 17 shows a quick weak-side reverse with the fullback. The ball is snapped back to the tail-back 4 who gives the ball to the fullback 3 who carries it between the defensive right end and right tackle. The defensive right end is blocked out by the offensive tackle 6 and the defensive right tackle is blocked in by the end 5.

Diagram 18 shows a fake reverse forward pass. The ball is passed back to the 4 back who fakes to give it to the fullback 3, then drops back and forward passes to either offensive end or wingback 1.

Part 1 in this series we looked at the Eastern Region. Part 3 will explore the The Rocky Mountain Region.